Mate feels betrayed, saddened, and confused because of her father cheating on her mother. She exclaims her hate for men and questions, “[...] what does love come to, anyway? Look at Papa and Mama after so many years” (Alvarez 122). Mate has the opportunity to be with Raul and Berto, but she second guesses because she does not know if love is real and lasting. She does not want to be hurt like she saw her father hurt her mother.
But after Mariam had a miscarriage everything changed. Rasheed became more sensitive and he seems to have a problem with his temper. The spousal abuse started with verbal taunting such as Rasheed mocking Mariam for not knowing simpal things such as knowing meaning of words. Khaled Hosseini uses the theme of domestic abuse to highlight the issue of social justice among women in Afghanistan. The protagonists in the novel are constantly being abused physically and mentally by their cynical husband.
Condemned for her loyalties and grieving the loss of her brothers and son, Mary’s life was still to be drastically affected by the war. While continuously in fear for her husband’s safety, Ruth Painter describes how Mary also found herself a convenient target to the enemy for, “to tear down the wife was to tear down the husband.” Returning home alone one day, Mary Lincoln was in a terrible carriage accident after it had been intentionally tampered with in an attempt on the president’s life. While she received a serious head injury, she was also jolted into the realization that her fears for her husband’s life were justified. On another occasion, Mary fell under the clever and manipulative spell of Henry Wikoff. This gentleman was described
The Kite Runner is a well crafted story about the many struggles of the main character and narrator Amir’s life concerning social class, relationships with family, and intense regret when your morals and who you think you are are threatened. The book begins in San Francisco and is narrated by an adult Amir. Throughout the story, Amir has flashbacks to his life as a kid in Afghanistan as he contemplates the struggles he went through and the choices he still deeply regrets. One of Amir’s biggest regrets is when he sees one of his friends Hassan being raped and he neglects to step in and stop it. Instead, Amir pretended like he had no idea what happened and didn’t even tell Hassan that he had watched what had happened to him.
"And Mariam was afraid she lived in fear of his shifting moods, his volatile temperament, his insistence on steering even mundane exchanges down a confrontational path that, on occasion, he would resolve with punches, slaps, kicks, and sometimes try to make amends for with polluted apologies and sometimes not." (Hosseini 97) The fifth phase of the life of Mariam is Laila's Entry and Marriage with Rasheed. Laila, a neighborhood friend's daughter of Rasheed is nearly killed in a bomb blast which takes away the live of both her parents. Rasheed saves her and Mariam helps him to nurse her back to normalcy. They give food and pills and take care of her.
For instance, shame influenced Amir to turn his back on his best friend and destroy his relationship with him. Also, the destruction of shame was the reason Amir put his life on the life and returned to Pakistan to somewhat redeem himself by bringing back his nephew, Sohrab. Being ashamed not only endangered Amir’s life, but it was also the source of Baba dying being able to tell his two sons they were brothers. The impact shame can sustain on a person’s life can be very detrimental, as The Kite Runner
Yet where said danger is directed changes due to context. During the Castle of Otranto the women of the book are constantly under threat at the hands of the malevolent Manfred. The women are constantly targeted and this is seen through Manfred’s desire for Isabella - his late son’s betrothed and his disregard for his wife - Hippolita. Hippolita, especially is characterized as weak, feeble and hysterical. She unswervingly bows to the will of her tyrannical husband “Hippolita needed little persuasions to bend her to his pleasure (pg 89)."
The play ensues with Loureen raising her voice to her beloved abusive husband, when she challenges his authority he vanishes. This is where the plots play takes flight as Loureen is left awestruck by his disappearance. She is left confused on the way forward; she does not know how to carry on with life without her husband while feelings of despair and resentment reside within her. She questions whether she is murderer or victim and is left puzzled while trying to piece together the fragments of her life now that she is rid of the monster and freed from his gripping claws. We see the typical symptoms of battered woman syndrome, being displayed by Loureen, as she goes back and forth between memories of her husband and trying to figure her way
(MIP-1) Najmah has lost her voice and control over her life due to the traumatization after witnessing death of her mother and little brother. (SIP-A) Najmah has lost her voice due traumatization after witnessing the horrific passing of her mother and baby brother Habib. (STEWE-1) Najmah is trying to communicate right after the death of her mother which occurred on page 82 but she cannot since she mentally states,”But I feel as if my tongue has been locked inside my mouth ever since I saw my mother airing the quilts just Before the bombs fell." (Staples 88) Najmah is completely traumatized, and is just speechless. Najmah is even trying to talk but she is so traumatized that she cannot, "I try to communicate, but although the words form inside
In the short story “Popular Mechanics” the author displays symbolization through the conflicts a family faces when going through a rough time. Throughout the story we are faced with many conflicts that lead into one big argument, these controversies arise when a simple argument leads to a physical dispute that causes a life to be endangered. The story starts as the woman exclaims at the man that she is glad he is leaving and shames him for the person he is until she remembers of her baby and quickly rushes to it. The main argument occurs as the man and woman are fighting over who gets the baby, the argument becomes much too heated and the life of the baby is accidentally taken because of a brawl that occurs during the situation. From the story,
You can see the full extent of her suffering when she sobbed the truth to August “It was my fault she died. I killed her” (241) and when she torments herself with thinking that she is unlovable. Lily even describes that her words had “broke open her heart” (242). This shows how captive Lily is over her mother because, despite loving her life at the Boatwright’s house, she can still move past the death. Lily’s suffering increase after finding out that her mother had willingly left her behind with T-Ray and begins to question why?